Search Results: "Nancy Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Richard Henry Dana is a great hero of hers)—it was actually two months aft of the mast in a sixth-floor stateroom—but one leaves her book sensing she paints a genuine portrait. (20 b&w photos, map, not seen)"
This recounting of a Pacific run aboard a merchant marine ship from boating journalist Allen may be prosaic, but it is also lulling, as if it had caught the rhythm of wide ocean swells. Read full book review >

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A DOWN-HOME TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Nancy Allen
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A humorous but flawed parody best suited for young adults and adults rather than the picture-book audience. (author's note) (Picture book. 11-adult)"
A young white woman named Cyndi Lou is presented with unusual (and sometimes-unwelcome) gifts for the 12 days of Christmas by her suitor, Billy Ray. Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
by Jody Seaborn

It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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FIRST FIRE by Nancy Kelly Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"An earnest effort but unengaging at best. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
An unsourced Cherokee folk tale tells of the origin of fire. Read full book review >

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LUMBERJANES TO THE MAX
by Julie Danielson

Have you heard the happy Lumberjanes news? Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is on shelves now from New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki. She has adapted the comic book series to novel format for middle-grade readers, complete with spot illustrations from Brooke Allen. I chatted, very briefly, with Tamaki, who is excited about this new project. But then, for the love ...


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THE SECRET OF THE INDIA ORCHID by Nancy Campbell Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A clever, engaging, India-set Regency romance."
After the man of her dreams breaks her heart, Sophia Elliot heads to India for a change of scenery and perhaps to find a husband, but she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery being investigated by her former beau. Read full book review >

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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST by Nancy Campbell Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"There is a standard traumatic back story for the titular beast, a soap opera-worthy exhumation scene, and, finally, a dramatic unmasking of the obvious villain, but the story has already run out of steam by then."
An updated fairy tale in steampunk England mixes old-school gothic and new-school paranormal. Read full book review >

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DEAR KOMODO DRAGON by Nancy Kelly Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2018

"Peppered with childlike humor and told from a kid's perspective, this book is both enjoyable and informative for budding wildlife conservationists. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl has an unusual pen pal—a Komodo dragon. As they exchange letters, she learns about this endangered species and is spurred to action. Read full book review >

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY’S BOOK OF MANNERS by Kathryn Madeline Allen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Amusing, cheerful instruction for the young formative preschooler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a parody of the traditional nursery rhyme, Allen has created a humorous paradigm for etiquette and social behavior. Read full book review >

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ITSY MITSY RUNS AWAY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Itsy Mitsy may be teeny tiny, but she has BIG issues with bedtime. Read full book review >

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ERIKA-SAN by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2009

"Expert angles and a touching sense of stillness make this piece visually masterful even while conceptually disquieting. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Say's hallmark watercolors, beautifully composed and superbly detailed, illustrate this slightly unsettling shift of homeland. Read full book review >